Japan: Cutting Back the Bases

In the 23 years since the end of World War II, the Japanese have created an economic miracle out of the war time ruins. To some degree at least, this progress was made possible by the American military shield; Japan has needed to spend less than 1% of its gross national product on defense. (The U.S. figure: nearly 10%.) U.S. military facilities are scattered across the nation's four main islands, and these have played an important part in the Korean and Viet Nam wars — as well as in guaranteeing Japan's safety. The U.S.

presence, however, has produced severe problems...

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